Sinus Infection Specialist

Rosemary B. Desloge, M.D.

Laryngologist & Otolaryngologist located in New York, NY

If you feel congested or have been suffering from a cold that won’t go away, you may have a sinus infection that requires medical treatment to prevent more serious complications. Rosemary B. Desloge, M.D., is an ear, nose, and throat physician in New York City who can provide the most effective treatment to clear up your sinus infection and restore your well-being. Call Dr. Desloge’s Manhattan office or schedule an appointment online today.

Sinus Infection Q & A

What is a sinus infection?

A sinus infection, also referred to as sinusitis, occurs when your sinus cavities become inflamed, swollen, and infected with germs. Normally your sinus cavities, which are the free spaces above and below your eyes and behind and beside your nose, are filled with air.  If you develop a cold or have allergies, this space may fill with fluid, which can harbor germs and lead to an infection.

What are the symptoms of a sinus infection?

The symptoms of a sinus infection are similar to what you would experience with a cold, including sinus pain, congestion, and nasal drainage. However, with a sinus infection you may also experience:

  • Foul-smelling discharge from your nose
  • Loss of the sense of smell or taste
  • Congestion that doesn’t improve with time
  • Postnasal drip
  • Persistent  headaches
  • Unexplained fatigue

You may develop these symptoms along with your cold, but if the symptoms are severe or they last longer than 10 days you should consider visiting a specialist such as Rosemary B. Desloge, M.D., for an evaluation. Because of the proximity to your brain, it’s important that you take care of sinus infections quickly so they don’t lead to more serious health issues.

How is a sinus infection diagnosed?

Dr. Desloge is a caring and compassionate physician who provides expert care when you come in for a sinus infection evaluation. During your evaluation, you can expect a review of your symptoms and medical history along with a thorough examination.

To help determine the extent of your infection, Dr. Desloge may perform additional testing, such as a nasal endoscopy, a test that uses a  camera so Dr. Desloge can evaluate your nasal anatomy and sinus cavities, or imaging studies such as a CT scan.

How is a sinus infection treated?

Treatment for your sinus infection will depend on the cause, severity, and frequency of infections. Dr. Desloge develops individualized treatment plans so you get targeted care and the best results.

Your treatment may include:

  • Nasal sprays
  • Decongestants/antihistamines
  • Antibiotics
  • Nasal irrigation
  • Allergy management

In severe cases that don’t respond to conservative treatment, Dr. Desloge will evaluate you to determine if surgical intervention is indicated.  If indicated, she will refer you to a fellowship trained sinus surgeon she works closely with for additional management. If targeted allergy treatment is indicated she will refer you to a member of her team who is a board-certified allergist/immunologist.

A sinus infection requires medical attention. Dr. Desloge specializes in conditions and disorders that affect the nose and sinuses and provides treatment to help clear up sinus infections. Call Rosemary B. Desloge, M.D., or schedule an appointment online today.